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Hiv By Pcr Screening

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Dear Doc,Please help with this. ELISA and WB negative but PCR of 324 at 10-11 weeks of potential high risk exposure (ELSIA and PCR done on same sample). Will this be considered +ve or -ve (what would they with the donor blood if PCR of 324 was...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,You are yet another excellent example of why PCR testing is not recommended for routine HIV screening!Your entire HIV testing was wrong on many levels!1.Testing at 10-11 weeks is not definitive. You need to wait until the three-month mark.2.If... Read more »
U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Donor Screening Assays for Infectious Agents and HIV Diagnostic Assays

Antibody to Hepatitis B Surface Antigen (HBsAg Assay) Tradename(s) Format Sample Use Manufacturer Approval Date Auszyme Monoclonal EIA Serum / Plasma / Cadaveric Serum Donor Screen & Conf. Kit Abbott Laboratories... Read more »

Anal Cancer Screening Warranted for Heterosexuals With HIV, Not Just MSM

Heterosexual HIV-infected men and women have a high prevalence of markers associated with anal cancer, such as infection with high-risk human papillomavirus (hr-HPV) and cytological abnormalities, according to study results presented at IDWeek 2013... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

HIV Screening in Hospital EDs Might Be More Cost Effective Than Other Screening Methods, Study Finds

Conducting routine HIV tests in hospital emergency departments was shown to be cost effective and "welcomed" by many patients, according to a study conducted by researchers at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences ,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Low Rates of Hepatitis Screening and Vaccination of HIV-Infected MSM in HIV Clinics

Due to similar behavioral risk factors for the two infections, HIV-positive men who have sex with men are at increased risk of viral hepatitis. The authors of the current study set out to assess adherence to HIV management guidelines that recommend... Read more »
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Medical Screening Services, reputable?

Posted by Anonymous
Hi, I was wondering if anyone has used Medical Screening Services (, 1(888)516-3342). They assured me they're using latest generation test ("3rd if not 4th"), but they test for HIV-1 only, since "the HIV-1/2 combination... Read more »

Undetectable PCR during 6 months?

Posted by Brickwall, 3 Replies
I have always thought that PCRs are highly sensitive and will detect HIV during the first 6 months (after 4 weeks)..

Now I hear many cases were PCR has been negative but people tests positive in antibodies..

Especially if people are really sick..

30... Read more »

rna pcr worried sick

Posted by salsajas1, 1 Reply
I had possible exposure on March 20th. I had RNA pcr 18 days post-negative. I had quest elissa HIV 1/2 ab screen 15 and 37 days post-negative. I had rapid oraquick prick on 45th and 55th day-negative. I also had naat at 55 days post-negative. I... Read more »

Red Cross PCR highly effective

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The person who previously wrote about Red Cross PCR testing was completely wrong. It is highly effective. Furthermore they don't pool hundreds of a samples at once but rather maybe 10-15 samples. If there is a positive result then the samples are... Read more »